codedog wrote:One of these jobbies? https://www.tonerite.com/products/guita ... 1039781382
Cool, I'd not seen one of those devices before. There a lot of crap spoken about the aging of wood, but there is some solid research (in top journals such as Nature
) to show that for acoustic instruments with a sound board (guitars, violins, etc) the molecular structure of the wood does indeed change slightly over time (it 'aligns') if the instrument is exposed to lots of vibration. It would also depend on many other things, such as humidity, the quality of the original timber and how it is cut and prepared.
In the olden days, we would park our new acoustic guitars next to our electric guitar amps or hi-fi speakers. It is a good argument for having them out of their cases and in a noisy environment.
For those interested:
D.G. Hunt and E. Balsan, “Why old fiddles sound sweeter”
Nature 379, 681 (1996)
J. Grogan, M. Braunstein and A. Piacsek, “An experimental
study of changes in the impulse response of a piece of a wood
plate that is subject to vibrational stimulus” Journ. Acoust. Soc.
Amer. 113 (4), 2315–2316 (2003)
Or, you could just play the hell out of it!